RIU Palace Ja­maica – ‘Best All-Inclusive’ Un­der 300 Rooms

Jamaica Gleaner - - HOSPITALITY JAMAICA -

THE RIU Palace in Mon­tego Bay sparkled at the Hos­pi­tal­ity Ja­maica 2016 Awards on Satur­day, November 19, cop­ping the much-yearned-af­ter Best All Inclusive Ho­tel (un­der 300 rooms) prize, ahead of Jewel Run­away Bay and He­do­nism II.

It was a wide ar­ray of fac­tors that contributed to the RIU Palace win, chief among them being the re­sorts ameni­ties. The prop­erty is out­fit­ted with free Wi-Fi, in­fin­ity pools, and of­fers an ex­ten­sive list of en­ter­tain­ment and sport­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing, ten­nis and golf, wind­surf­ing, scuba div­ing and a fully equipped gym.

All rooms at the 200-plus room ho­tel have their own bal­conies, satel­lite tele­vi­sion, cof­fee ma­chine, a sofa, and a full bath­room, with other com­forts avail­able, in­clud­ing 24-hour room ser­vice and an equally equipped all-day snack and drink bar car­ry­ing whiskey, vodka, gin, rum, and an ar­ray of soft drinks in the mini-bar in each room.

The rooms are well-equipped with large, plush beds, air con­di­tion­ing, Jacuzzi baths, and walk-in show­ers, and are well main­tained by a very thor­ough house­keep­ing staff, who also of­fer an evening bed-turn­down ser­vice for guests’ com­fort.

A hall­mark of ev­ery all-inclusive ho­tel is its cui­sine, and the RIU Palace is no ex­cep­tion. RIU Palace of­fers a mul­ti­plic­ity of culi­nary op­tions, in­clud­ing a wide-rang­ing Ja­maican menu, in­ter­na­tional dishes from the Ori­ent and Italy, fu­sion cui­sine, and a steak­house of­fer­ing some of the most de­lec­ta­ble dishes around.

The re­sort’s gas­tron­omy is so highly re­garded that it was also one of three front-run­ners in the is­land for Hos­pi­tal­ity Ja­maica’s Best in Cui­sine award and was given high ac­co­lades for its ‘va­ri­ety and fresh­ness’ and what one vis­i­tor de­scribes as the “awe­some food” and “amazing break­fast”.

PROOF IN THE PUD­DING

‘The proof of the pud­ding is in the eat­ing,’ the old adage says, and, in­deed, RIU Palace’s guests have left the prop­erty to­tally ‘wowed’, with some vow­ing to re­turn soon­est pos­si­ble. “The ho­tel is spot­lessly clean, with staff end­lessly clean­ing ev­ery day, rang­ing from the pool ar­eas to toi­lets to pol­ish­ing glasses on the tables for din­ner ... it’s so metic­u­lous” is among the things guests have had to say about the prop­erty.

The ho­tel’s staff has been ac­corded the dis­tinc­tion, by guests, of being its “biggest as­set”. They have been lauded as “friendly, hard-work­ing, cour­te­ous, able to pay at­ten­tion to de­tails and to make vis­i­tors feel special”. In the words of one North Amer­i­can vis­i­tor: “They are one of the main rea­sons why we loved this ho­tel so much”, and “they are all a credit to the ho­tel and is one of the rea­sons we will be com­ing back to the RIU Palace Ja­maica.”

RIU Re­sorts di­rec­tor of sales, Ni­urka Gar­cia-Lin­ton (cen­tre) ac­cepts the Best All-inclusive un­der 300 rooms which went to Riu Palace Ja­maica, from Di­rec­tor of Tourism Paul Pen­ni­cook (right). Shar­ing in the oc­ca­sion was Manuel Mano, food and bev­er­age man­ager at RIU Palace.

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